Jeff Bezos’ first manned commercial spaceflight from Blue Origin is ready to take off on Tuesday morning, complete with the space company’s reusable New Shepard launcher.
Specifically, Blue Origin hopes to ascend to heaven on Tuesday, July 20 from the first desert launch site in West Texas. A live broadcast until take off begins at 6.30am CDT / 4.30am PT. The actual ignition is scheduled 90 minutes later, at 8 a.m. CDT / 5 a.m. HP. Sunday, the weather was not a constraint for the launch and New Shepard is expected to launch on schedule.
Discovery and the Washington Post have reported live coverage of Bezos’ first space flight. The program will air live on Discovery and Science at 8:00 a.m. ET and on washingtonpost.com.
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The live show, Space launch LIVE: Blue Origin and Jeff Bezos go to space, will be hosted by Libby Casey of The Washington Post and Chris Jacobs of Discovery from The Post’s Washington, DC Studios. He will present a field analysis by Washington Post space industry reporter Christian Davenport; commentary by astronaut Leland Melvin; the contribution of Dr Ellen Stofan, Under Secretary for Science and Research at the Smithsonian and a team of experts from the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
“We are delighted to join forces with The Washington Post to once again cover the next major chapter in space advancement,” said Scott Lewers, executive vice president of cross-platform, factual programming and responsible for content , Science. “With no onsite public viewing areas near the launch site, this show continues the Discovery and Science Channel’s mission of bringing the world to our viewers.”
“The Washington Post has made a separate investment in live coverage of major news events, drawing tens of millions of viewers to its programs featuring the latest developments as well as real-time analysis and commentary from our top journalists.” , said Micah Gelman, editorial video director at the Washington Post. “Following the success of our joint coverage of SpaceX’s first crewed mission last summer, we are delighted to partner again with Discovery and Science Channels to bring this historic launch to the eyes of Americans across the country as the appetite for space tourism is intensifying. ”
Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET / PT, Discovery will air a one-hour special, Jeff Bezos in space: Blue Origin takes off, highlighting the morning’s event, as well as post-launch interviews, behind-the-scenes material, and information on Blue Origins and Jeff Bezos. The special will also air the following evening, Wednesday, July 21, prime time at 8 p.m. ET / PT on Science Channel.
New Shepard has flown 15 consecutive successful missions in space and over the Kármán Line through a meticulous and progressive flight program to test its multiple redundant security systems. Now it’s time for the astronauts to get on board.
There will be four astronauts in total six seats. On board are Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, pilot Wally Funk and the winner of an auction of 7,500 people for the last slot of the flight. But the winner, who asked to remain anonymous, chose to fly on a future New Shepard mission due to scheduling conflicts. The amount of the winning bid will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire future generations to pursue careers in STEM and help invent the future of life. in the space.
The winner will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. He will be the first paying customer to travel aboard New Shepard, marking the start of commercial operations for the program.
Flying aboard New Shepard will fulfill a long-held dream for Oliver, who has been fascinated by space, the Moon and rockets since the age of four. Oliver graduated from high school in 2020 and took a year off before continuing his education to earn his private pilot license.
At 18 and 82, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk represent the youngest and oldest astronauts to ever travel to space.
Wally’s journey into space began in the 1960s when she was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space program, a privately-funded project that tested female pilots for the fitness of astronauts. Later known as “Mercury 13”, thirteen American women successfully underwent the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury, but they never flew into space. . Wally was the youngest graduate from this program.
She was the first female FAA inspector and the first female NTSB aviation safety investigator. The 82-year-old pilot will now be part of New Shepard’s first crew, and the oldest person to ever fly in space.
The astronauts spent 14 hours over a two-day period training for the flight.
The plan is to deploy at midnight, load the thruster 3 hours before launch, load the astronauts 45 minutes before launch, and close the hatch 24 minutes before takeoff.
After take-off, the separation of the capsules should take place at 2:45 a.m. They will experience 3 to 4 minutes of weightlessness in and out of the seats, then use three parachutes to descend back to Earth.
Blue Origin has two more paid flights scheduled for 2021, one at the end of September and one for October 1.